Things To Do In San Diego This Weekend (9/15-17)

Friday, Sept. 15


Santa Fe Marketplace

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 

Bazaar Del Mundo in Old Town San DiegoBazaar Del Mundo – a collection of colorful shops in Old Town San Diego, at the corner of Juan and Taylor streets – will host the annual Santa Fe Marketplace this weekend, a showcase of authentic Native American jewelry, collectibles, apparel and home décor. Dozens of well-known Southwest artists will celebrate their cultures through Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima and Isleta Pueblo art. The event is free; bring money to take a few goodies home.


Join Marty at Shore Rider La Jolla this Saturday for College Football

Join Marty at Shore Rider La Jolla this Saturday to watch USC take on Texas. Game kicks off at 5:30 pm. Shore Rider La Jolla has the best menu on the beach – offering great food, ice cold beer, cool tunes and TVs for football fans in an open air patio setting – all just 250 steps from the sand! And they now serve weekend brunch from 9AM to 1PM. So join Marty and Rock1053 at Shore Rider La Jolla this Saturday at 5:30PM! More info here!

KAABOO Del Mar

1 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Del Mar

Kaaboo Del Mar returns to the seaside city with three days of live music across outdoor stages at the Del Mar Fairgrounds off Jimmy Durante Boulevard. This year’s lineup includes big names like Pink, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Guetta, Ice Cube, and Muse – to name a few. The festival also includes art, comedy acts and culinary creations. Single-day general admission tickets are still available. More info here


Food Truck Friday

4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park

Balboa Park’s “Food Truck Friday” is a summertime event that brings more than a dozen food trucks to the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway every Friday evening through Sept. 29. As you grab some food, you’ll also be able to enjoy live entertainment at the park. Stick around and check out “Balboa Park After Dark”  


Cruisin' Grand Escondido

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Escondido (235 East Grand Ave.)

Downtown Escondido’s free, weekly vintage car show continues, running every Friday night through Sept. 29. Cruisin’ Grand Escondido takes over historic Grand Avenue, with more than 500 cool cars lining the streets. The event, now in its 18th year, draws thousands of attendees. Each Friday night, awards are given to the most impressive pre-1973 American-made cars. Musical entertainment includes performances across four stages: Broadway; Juniper Street; Maple Street Plaza; Kalmia & Grand. 

Saturday, Sept. 16


Angels of Hope Brunch for Ovarian Cancer

Join us for a fabulously, delicious “Brunch/Lunch” where you’ll enjoy great speakers and outstanding music. You won’t want to miss this! The Nine Girls Ask “Angels of Hope” Brunch will be a great opportunity to help raise money for ovarian cancer Research and will include champagne, wine, educational booths, unique boutiques, over the top “Live Auction” & “Raffle Items” and more! More info!


 San Diego Heart and Stroke Walk

7 a.m., Balboa Park (Visitors Center)

Wake up early for hearth health! The American Heart Association’s annual walk kicks off this Saturday morning. The event promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living. The event includes local vendors, work-out demos, health screenings, entertainment and more. The expo opens at 6 a.m., and the walk and festivities get started at 7 a.m. The walk is free, but attendees have to register in advance.


SDSU Aztecs vs. Stanford Cardinals

7:30 p.m., Qualcomm Stadium

The San Diego State University Aztecs face off against the Stanford Carnivals at Qualcomm this Saturday evening. Tickets start at $10. 


Beer + Doughnuts

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kilowatt Brewing

Are we dreaming? The Kilowatt Brewing tasting room in Kearny Mesa (7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.) hosts a Saturday morning session that combines two forces: craft beer and doughnuts. Pastry Chef Kristianna Zabala, of Nomad Donuts, will bring her delicious creations to the brewery, pairing four sweets with one of Kilowatt’s small-batch beers. A $17.50 ticket gets you four donuts and four 4-ounce beer tastings. Space is limited; get your tickets early.


Taste of South Park

12 p.m., Grape Street Square

Calling all foodies! Some of South Park’s best restaurants – Buona Forchetta, Hamilton’s Tavern, Kindred, Sombrero Mexican Food, South Park Brewing Co and more – will line the park, offering samples of their best dishes. A ticket (tickets cost $35 to $40) will get you sips and tastes from each eatery across the neighborhood. The event is suitable for all ages.


San Diego Sights and Sips

5:30 p.m., Hornblower Cruises and Events

Sunshine, sailing and cocktails come together on this Hornblower cocktail cruise. Hop on board for a two-hour cruise with champagne, light Hors oeuvres and more as you enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay during sunset. The boat leaves at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50 per person. 


Spirits at Sunset: Summer Cocktail Cruise

5:30 p.m., Flagship Cruises and Events

Treat yourself to a nice evening on the Bay this Saturday for the all-new Spirits at Sunset cruise. Board an 82-foot yacht for an evening for 360 views of the beautiful San Diego and bay and your favorite cocktails. Tickets start at $42.50.


Hotel Del’s Movies on the Beach

7 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado

This weekend at the Hotel Del, it’s a classic: “Back to the Future,” the popular film about Marty McFly, a high school student sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Doc Brown. Don’t miss the final summer movie at the Hotel Del! Reserve a seat for $15. 

Sunday, Sept. 17


Infinity Cube

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Birch Aquarium

Check out the newest installment at Birch Aquarium, the “Infinity Cube,” an immersive, 8-foot cube that explores bioluminescence, light produced by living organisms in the marine world. Artist Iyvone Khoo worked alongside Scripps Institution of Oceanography marine biologist Michael Latz to bring this project to life, filming more than six hours of footage of single-celled marine organisms called dinoflagellates reacting to various stimulants, such as the human heartbeat, music, water flow and air pressure. The “Infinity Cube” revolves around these videos, which will be projected and reflected into larger-than-life images of bioluminescence accompanied by soundscape, immersing patrons in this interesting world. The exhibit is included with paid admission into Birch Aquarium, which costs $18.50 for adults, $14 for children ages 3 to 17 (kids 2 and under are free), $15.50 for seniors and $15 for students with ID.


Fiestas Patrias: Chula Vista

11 a.m., H Street

Music, cultural dance performances and tasty food – oh my! Chula Vista’s Fiestas Patrias runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and features more than 20 musical and cultural dance performances, all with a beautiful view of the city’s Marina and shopping district. Enjoy yummy food, face painters, kids shows, carnival lane, a children’s area and interactive zones as well. It’s a fun day for the entire family. The event is free.

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